|Publication number||US20030070331 A1|
|Application number||US 09/974,671|
|Publication date||Apr 17, 2003|
|Filing date||Oct 11, 2001|
|Priority date||Oct 10, 2001|
|Also published as||DE20116614U1|
|Publication number||09974671, 974671, US 2003/0070331 A1, US 2003/070331 A1, US 20030070331 A1, US 20030070331A1, US 2003070331 A1, US 2003070331A1, US-A1-20030070331, US-A1-2003070331, US2003/0070331A1, US2003/070331A1, US20030070331 A1, US20030070331A1, US2003070331 A1, US2003070331A1|
|Original Assignee||Chen Shou Mao|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (5), Referenced by (3), Classifications (7)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
 1. Field of the Invention
 The present invention relates generally to a device for pressing clothes, and more particularly to an ironing structure which is used in conjunction with a hair drier serving as a heat source.
 2. Description of Related Art
 A portable flatiron is useful adjunct for a frequent traveler; nevertheless it gives an added weight to the luggage. In view of the fact that the flatiron comprises a circuit and a heating assembly, the flatiron is relatively heavy. The flatiron takes up space in the luggage and adds additional weight to the luggage, thereby causing the luggage weight to surpass the weight limit that is allowed by the airliners.
 The primary objective of the present invention is to provide an ironing structure which is used to press clothes in conjunction with a hair drier serving as a heat source of the ironing structure. Both ironing structure and the hair drier are useful adjuncts for the travelers.
 In keeping with the principle of the present invention, the foregoing objective of the present invention is attained by an ironing structure comprising a hollow shell and a blow drier. The hollow shell is provided with a soleplate and a receptacle opposite to the soleplate.
 In use, the barrel of the blow drier is fitted into the receptacle such that the handle of the blow drier serves as the handle of the ironing structure. The blow drier sends out a stream of hot air to warm up the soleplate.
 The features and the advantages of the present invention will be more readily understood upon a thoughtful deliberation of the following detailed description of two preferred embodiments of the present invention with reference to the accompanying drawings.
FIG. 1 shows a perspective view of a hollow shell of a first preferred embodiment of the present invention.
FIG. 2 shows a side sectional view of the hollow shell of the embodiment of the present invention.
FIG. 3 shows an exploded view of the first preferred embodiment of the present invention.
FIG. 4 shows a sectional schematic view of the first preferred embodiment of the present of invention at work.
FIG. 5 shows an exploded view of a hollow shell of a second preferred embodiment of the present invention.
FIG. 6 shows a side sectional view of the hollow shell of the second preferred embodiment of the present invention in combination.
FIG. 7 shows a side schematic view of the second preferred embodiment of the present invention in use.
 As shown in FIG. 14, an ironing structure of a first preferred embodiment of the present invention comprises a pressing unit 10 and a hot air generating unit 1. The pressing unit 10 is a shell, whereas the hot air generating unit 1 is a blow drier.
 The shell 10 is provided in the top with a receiving portion 11, and in the bottom with a soleplate 13. The receiving portion 11 and the soleplate 13 are made integrally with the shell 10. Located between the receiving portion 11 and the soleplate 13 is a hollow interior. The receiving portion 11 is provided with an open top 12 and in the outer wall with a retaining ring 111 and a retaining protrusion 112. The blow drier 1 is provided at one end of a barrel 2 with a retaining slot 4 and a retaining indentation 5. The ironing structure of the present invention is used in such a manner that the barrel 2 of the blow drier 1 is engaged with the receiving portion 11 of the shell 10, and that the handle of the blow drier serves as the handle of the ironing structure, and further that the soleplate 13 of the shell 10 is warmed up by the hot air streams 3 of the blow drier 1 for pressing clothes. The soleplate 13 is provided with a plurality of ventilation holes 14. The barrel 2 of the blow drier 1 is held securely in place by the retaining ring 111 which is retained in the retaining slot 4, and the retaining protrusion 112 which is retained in the retaining indentation 5.
 As shown in FIGS. 5-7, the ironing structure of a second preferred embodiment of the present invention is basically similar in construction to that of the first preferred embodiment of the present invention, with the difference being that the shell 10 of the second preferred embodiment is provided in the bottom side with a soleplate 15 which is made separately and is attached to the bottom side of the shell 10 by a plurality of fastening means. The bottom side of the shell 10 is provided with a plurality of threaded tubes 101 fastened thereto. The soleplate 15 is provided with a plurality of through holes and fastening screws 6. The soleplate 15 is fastened to the bottom side of the shell 10 by the fastening screws 6 which are engaged with the threaded tubes 101 via the through holes of the soleplate 15. The soleplate 15 is provided with a plurality of ventilation holes and hot air channels 131 for use in prewarming the clothes to be pressed.
 The embodiments of the present invention described are to be regarded in all respects as being merely illustrative and nonrestrictive. Accordingly, the present invention may be embodied in other specific forms without deviating from the spirit thereof The present invention is therefore to be limited only by the scopes of the following claims.
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|International Classification||D06F75/30, A45D20/12|
|Cooperative Classification||D06F75/30, A45D20/12|
|European Classification||D06F75/30, A45D20/12|